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CoD: Black Ops Cold War SBMM: Reverse boosting and complaints

An old debate has sprung up once again with the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha, as players complain and reverse boost due to SBMM.
CoD: Black Ops Cold War SBMM: Reverse boosting and complaints
During the Black Ops Cold War PS4 alpha, a debate between players has started up again, as the game features Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) instead of Connection-Based matchmaking (CBMM). With the Black Ops Cold War matchmaking being SBMM, the act of reverse boosting has reared its ugly head.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War SBMM complaints

On Reddit, there's a thread with more than 6,000 upvotes showing what some believe to be a problem born out of SBMM in Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War SBMM matchmaking

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The thread creator, corvoattano2000, shows a video where players in the Black Ops Cold War alpha keep on suiciding in what we believe is an attempt to get their skill rating down.

Hundreds of players in the thread aren't happy about the Black Ops Cold War SBMM or the effects it has on the community.


With SBMM, players are matched against those of equal skill, while CBMM gives you the best connection but teams could be unequal. 

Many players don't seem to like this, as some try to get their rating down, while others just want a relaxed game.

One fan on Reddit notes: "This video should be spammed at Activision and Treyarch, this right here shows the state of COD with SBMM and why it has no place in public matches, keep that shit in ranked."

Fans want it changed, noting how other CoD titles provided a great experience from CBMM. Well, it turns out, some titles which fans loved also had SBMM, according to Treyarch's Martin Donlon.

With the Black Ops Cold War alpha only running for three days, players have to remember how matchmaking systems such as the SBMM does take some time, and the system might not be exactly where the developer wants it right now.

However, many players still want it gone from Black Ops Cold War public matches.

Fortnite superstar Ninja thinks SBMM does benefit the average gamer, sharing some of his thoughts and opinions on the issue in a voice message.